Today On A Bike

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My wife, my amazing wonderful wife, got me a GoPro Hero 4 Black for my birthday It’s been fun learning how to best use it for what I want out of it The mountain bike pictures are from yesterday riding Wildlife MTB trails in Peoria Illinois with friends The trails are rocky and offer both tight tech as well as flow, a great time if you’re in the area.

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Bonus pictures from last week on the road bike I bought a couple of K-Edge GoPro mounts on the advice of a friend I bought a saddle rail camera mount as well as a mount for under my Garmin mount, allowing me to shoot video or take pictures facing forward or backward.

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I’ll post more thoughts about the GoPro and mounts as time goes onFor now, I’m enjoying summer.

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Today On A Bike

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I went in search of some different riding today. My time on a trainer, rollers, and riding pathways left me hungry for a gravel adventure. The gravel roads around Mackinaw, IL were the setting for a good day outside. Mid-ride I took a wrong turn from what I had loaded into my Garmin. Luckily, even riding off course was enough to have a good time.

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Today On A Bike

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I joined some friends for a night ride at Lake Evergreen yesterday. My friend Tom took some great pictures during the ride, thanks! When I saw the one of me by the bridge, I really liked it and asked to share it here. It captures a lot of what night riding on snow during the winter feels like.

The conditions were great despite it being about 15º F. Riding in the wind blocking woods coupled with some good layering made it really enjoyable, besides my out of shape legs being slightly angry with me. The thin layer of snow over hard frozen dirt provided a lot of traction and good times.

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Today On A Bike

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It was so quiet. It was as if I was the only person on the planet. For years I’ve looked out on this lake as I rode single track that winds around it, but today I experienced it completely different, and it was made possible by a silly bicycle.

I’ve ridden countless hours at Comlara mountain bike trails since moving to Bloomington in 2007. It’s been a big part of who I am. The trails have led me down a path where I’ve met amazing people. I’ve had life experiences that I may not have had if these trails didn’t exist ten minutes away from town. I’ve traveled to far away mountain ranges and spent great vacations with amazing people.

For years, I’ve looked out at the lake that lies at the center of the local mountain bike trails. It was something that always looked back but never really inspired anything from me. But today, when I was on a ride I noticed that the lake was frozen pretty solid and some tracks were out on it. Where I’d taken a right hundreds of times I choose to take a left, out onto the ice-covered lake.

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It was a pretty special thing to look in on the single track that’s changed my life in so many ways. I saw views I’ve never seen. It was areas that I know very well, but viewed from a perspective I’ve never had the privilege to see before. I rode around the lake for a little while, enjoying the serenity and looking in at sections of single track that I’ve spent so much time on. It was like looking in on the setting from a period of my life from a foreign perspective.

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Today I was reminded why these silly fat bikes strike a chord with myself. They allow me these experiences that are unique and enjoyable.

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Today On A Bike

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After a long while of rain and warmer temperatures, it was nice to get out on frozen dirt today with a bunch of others. I’ve been riding mainly pathways this winter staying active. I’ve been mentally somewhere between off-season fun first riding and starting to work towards race season.

I signed up for Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival again. It’s been a yearly marker for the end of my race season that I really enjoy both for the race but also the environment and hanging out with good people. If you’re interested, you should check it out. Registration is still open but the available spots will fill up. I plan on racing the Illinois Mountain Bike Series and signing up for as many crits as possible. But for now, it’s just about chasing the person in front of me and smiling, mostly.

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